Bombardier CSeries FTV1 Has Successfully

Congrats, Bombardier CSeries FTV1 Has Successfully

Montreal Canada, Bombardier Aerospace has announced that the first CSeries 100 aircraft, (FTV1 Flight Test Vehicle 1) has successfully obtained Transport Canada’s Flight Test Permit, thereby clearing the way for its maiden flight, expected in the coming weeks.

This follows a series of pre-flight tests including low-speed taxi runs. FTV1 will now proceed with high-speed taxi runs whereby the aircraft simulates speeds for flight take-off.

“Five years in the making and today, following receipt of Transport Canada’s flight test permit, we are very close to the CSeries airliner’s first flight – a historic moment for Bombardier and a game-changing moment for the industry,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CSeries aircraft teams have spent the last few weeks completing rigorous exercises to ensure the integrity and maturity of the aircraft are absolutely in check with the flight crew’s requirements. Pending optimal weather, the CSeries aircraft will soon take to the skies.”

Bombardier CSeries 100 aircraft
Specification Designed for up tu 100 passenger seater aircraft market, exactly 149 seat, the 100 per cent new CSeries aircraft family combines advanced materials, leading-edge technology and proven methods to meet commercial airline requirements. Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines, the CSeries aircraft family will offer a 15 percent cash operating cost advantage and a 20 percent fuel burn advantage. With the extra capacity seating option, the CS300 aircraft’s productivity further improves, offering airlines an average of four percent additional cash operating cost advantage per seat. The CSeries aircraft’s clean-sheet design is ensuring that the aircraft will achieve greatly reduced noise and emissions, as well as superior operational flexibility, exceptional airfield performance and a range of 2,950 nm (5,463 km). The CSeries aircraft will be up to 12,000 lbs. (5,443 kg) lighter than other aircraft in the same seat category and will provide passengers with a best-in-class, widebody cabin environment in a single-aisle aircraft.

As of June 30, 2013, Bombardier had booked orders and commitments for 388 CSeries aircraft that included firm orders for 177 CSeries airliners.

Photograph by: Dario Ayala, The Gazette

Bombardier delays CSeries inaugural flight

Montreal Canada, Bombardier has confirmed it will delay by some weeks the first flight of its CSeries regional commercial jet. The Bombardier said: “The highly technical last steps are taking more time than initially anticipated to validate the overall systems and ongoing software integration”. The aircraft’s twice-delayed first flight was expected by the end of July.

“While the process has taken more time than we had expected, we are pleased with the results and are very comfortable taking more time to ensure the required integration is finalized and the CSeries aircraft is cleared for its first flight,” explained Mike Arcamone, President of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

In its final testing stage in preparation for first flight, FTV1 is undergoing pre-flight tests including on-ground simulated flight tests to ensure the first aircraft behaves as modeled.

FTV1 was supposed to be flying by the end of July. That was the date given by Bombardier after the previous first flight date at the end of June slipped by a month.  Last Wednesday was one week before the end of July, and Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, made the announcement about the further delay.

On July 24 integration of the CSeries aircraft’s auxiliary power unit and Pratt & Whitney PurePower Geared Turbofan PW1500G engines were successfully conducted, allowing for testing of the aircraft’s key systems. Bombardier also confirmed the latest software upgrades continue to be successfully completed.

Arcamone stated, “Seeing the first CSeries aircraft power up on the tarmac was a thrilling event. We have now entered the ultimate phase of systems integration and validation on the first flight test vehicle as we submit brand new technology to in-depth tests. While the process has taken more time than we had expected, we are pleased with the results and are very comfortable taking more time to ensure the required integration is finalized and the CSeries aircraft is cleared for its first flight.”

In the last week of June, Bombardier applied to the Canadian aviation regulator, Transport Canada, for permission to fly FTV1. The CSeries may be the most advanced commercial jetliner ever produced in Canada, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Transport Canada is taking their time with the evaluation.

There’s still more engines runs, vibration testing, and low and high speed taxiing to be completed before FTV1 flies.

Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 388 CSeries aircraft, of which 177 are firm orders.

Photo by Bombardier Aero

New Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen for Garuda Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia began operating the new aircraft Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen with the first flight from Jakarta to Makassar on Friday 25 Februari 2013. The plane arrived in Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport Makassar at around 11:35 pm, on board the Minister of Transportation Republic of Indonesia Mr E.E. Mangidaan with a group from Jakarta.

Bombardier product by Canadian Aircraft manufacturer have a capacity 96 seats consists of 12 seats in business class and 84 seats for economy class.

This the first aircraft of 18 aircrafts have been ordered by Garuda Indonesia and will be serve routes Makassar to several cities in Eastern Indonesia, including Makassar-Ternate (return), Makassar-Mataram (return), Makassar-Kendari (return), Makassar, Surabaya (return), and Surabaya-Denpasar (return).

On the furthermore, Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen will be serve other potential cities on Indonesia, like Medan, Balikpapan and Surabaya.

By the end of 2012, Garuda Indonesia will receive five aircraft and the remaining seven will be received in 2013. Meanwhile, six other aircraft will arrive in 2014 and 2015 to total 18 aircraft.

Previously, Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen was flown from Canada to Jakarta on October 10, 2012 after the 'Ferry Flight' from the manufacturer.